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The Trinity

Here is a two-part illusion to illustrate your teaching on the Trinity.

Produce three ropes of equal length (about 80 cm. is ideal). State that these represent the three Persons of the Godhead – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The first thing to notice is that the ropes are of equal length, reminding us that the three Persons are all equal.

State that you are now going to bring the bottoms of the ropes up to the top, and tie them into three loops. Holding the ropes near their tops together in one hand, one at a time bring the bottom of each rope up to the top,and tie it to the top of a different rope. (To ensure that I don’t make a mistake at this point, I mark beforehand a spot with a pen on the top and bottom of the middle rope. I then tie the bottom of the outside rope with the top of the first, followed in turn by the other two ropes, ensuring that I don’t tie the spot ends together).

It appears that I now have three loops, but that is not really true. Release the ropes to show that you now have one large loop tied in three places – reminding your class that there is one God comprising three Persons.

Now for the fun part of your illusion. Put your rope away in your bag, but immediately bring out a similar looking rope. This second rope (which your class should think is still your first three-part loop) is actually one long piece of rope – of total length just less than that of your three original ropes combined (i.e. about 220 cm) – tied to form a loop, and with two small lengths of rope tied around two small loops in your longer rope at the appropriate places to give the appearance of knots.

Tell the class that they are probably thinking that this loop is three pieces of rope tied together, but that actually it is now just one long piece of rope. Untie the (genuine) knot to demonstrate. The class will not look two impressed, because the other two knots are still there. State that these are only two small lengths of rope, and that you can easily remove them. Pull the two ends of your rope (or get two volunteers to do it), and the small ropes will pop off, leaving only one long piece of rope!

You may ask won’t the children realise that you have swapped the ropes? Well, in my experience, they never have.

by Maurice Sweetsur, http://objectlessons.blogspot.com/ 

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